How to catch a thief.....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Pumpkinpup, Dec 6, 2008.

  1. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    OK, I had something kill a hen night before last. Due to the evidence left behind I strongly suspected an opossum. The carcass was left exactly where the victim was killed and only the organs and intestines eaten.
    I figure most preds would have taken measures to see that they did not get caught in the act by taking the body off somewhere else to eat and would also have eaten more than the innerds. I saw no tracks or scat so can't be sure of culprit.
    I put a live trap in the coop with cat food as bait last night but nothing. I had to put both my kittens into carriers in the barn to prevent them getting curious and springing the trap so I now have two VERY mad kitties! Not looking forward to letting them out as I almost got scratched bad last night [​IMG] Angry sounds of discontent came from the feed room all night! Not going to be pretty! [​IMG]
    I obviously can not keep the kitties in lockdown every night as they were mostly wild before this incident and now I am certain they will never let me lay a hand on them again. They just had gotten to where they trusted me enough to let me pet them when I fed them. Betraying that trust does NOT make me happy!
    So, now the next question is.... What is my next plan of attack? It's in the 20's here at night so I have no relish for sitting in the coop freezing my hiney off with a shotgun awaiting the vile beastie's return. Poison isn't an option because of the kitties. So, now what?
    Suggestions greatly appreciated.
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2008
  2. Dorothy1324

    Dorothy1324 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2007
    we put out a live trap and it took forever to catch the skunk that had been prowling we caught many chickens before finally catching the culprit
  3. Wow, your chicken actually went into the trap ?? I have put out a trap for a groundhog many a time outside the barn and NEVER got a chicken to go into it. I would like to have seen this !!
  4. justhatchin

    justhatchin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2008
    Galva, Kansas
    Maybe try something the possum would eat but kitties wont-- fruit- apples cut up I believe banana- or grain -corn, nuts.

    I don't know exactly how those traps work, could you set it up so they could check it out but not get caught in the daytime and then set the trap part during the night. Also after being caught and caged they might not even go close to it.

    Hope you catch the varmit!!
  5. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Quote:I actually had not considered fruit..hmmm. That is a good idea! Thanks, I may try that!!!

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